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    A Soviet soccer team had a brief, six match tour in Australia recently and used the visit as training for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

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    A Soviet soccer team had a brief, six match tour in Australia recently and used the visit as training for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.
    The team was invited to paly a series of international games in Australia by Australian administrators....and it gave that country a chance of international competition.
    The Soviet team met Austria in the fifth match of the tour in Sydney. It beat the home team by three goals to two after coring the goals in thirteen minutes.
    The Soviet team was down by two goals to nil a minute before half time. Then, Mikhail Gershkovich scored a goal. Four minutes after play resumed for the second half, Andre Jakubik snatched the equaliser. This was followed by the winning goals, from Yuri Gavrilov, eight minutes later.
    Australia had shocked the Soviet team early in the match when strikers Peter Ollerton and Murray Barnes headed goals in the 22nd and 25th minute respectively. Brazilian-born Australian midfielder, Agenor Muniz, created the openings for the goals.
    But Australia appeared to loss control after the Soviet team scored the three goals and were completely outplayed.
    The match gave the Soviet team its third win out of five matches. The other two were drawn.
    A Soviet team, here playing from left to right toured Australia recently. In one of its six matches, it defeated Australia by three goals to two in Sydney.
    The visitors' goals were all scored within thirteen minutes in the middle stages of the game. Australia opened the scoring with this header by centre forward, Peter Ollerton in the twenty second minute of paly.
    Australia's second goal followed soon after. The soviet team was shocked when Murray Barnes headed his team's second goal, two minutes after Ollerton had put Australia into the lead.
    Both goals resulted from moves by Australia's mid-fielder, Agenor Muniz.
    The Soviet team's first goal followed a minute before half time. It was scored by Mikhail Gershkovich at the near post.
    The score stood at two goals to one in Australia when the whistle went for half time. australia kicked off for the second half but failed to score again.
    The Soviet team used its six match tour of Australia as a training ground for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. It also gave Australia's young side international playing practice.
    The soviet team's equalising goal came four minutes after the resumption of play in the second half. The visitors attacked and the move resulted in a goal by Andrei Jakubik.
    The Soviets then emerged as the strongest team - and Australia appeared to lose its control of the game. Twelve minutes in to the second half, came the goals that clinched victory for the tourists. Yuri Gavrilov put the ball into the net with a half-volley from outside the area.

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